Staff in Translation Studies

Dr Michela Baldo

Dr Michela Baldo

Lecturer in Translation Studies
Programme Lead for the campus MA in Translation Studies

I am a Lecturer in Translation Studies at the University of Birmingham and I teach across the provision of core and optional modules for the MA programme in Translation Studies. My research interests revolve around Italian-Canadian writing and its translation into Italian and around the role of translation in Italian queer feminist activism. In addition to teaching, I have been working as a ...

Dr Hilary Brown

Dr Hilary Brown

Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies

I joined the Department of Modern Languages in 2011 and teach in Translation Studies and German. I am currently Convenor for Postgraduate Research Programmes in Translation and Interpreting.

Dr Yazin Haroun

Dr Yazin Haroun

Teaching Fellow in Translation Studies

I am an academic writer in the field of Translation Studies. My current research focuses on the operation of ideology at the level of Qur’an translation in the process of political mobilization. I am particularly interested in what a focus on ideology and religion can bring to understanding the notion of translation as a social activity.

Dr Sofia Malamatidou

Dr Sofia Malamatidou

Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies

By combining linguistics and translation studies, I am interested in the interdisciplinary study of cross-cultural communication, which will generate new insights, and challenge the ways in which we have understood how languages, people, and ideas interact through translation. 

Methodological investigation, and specifically corpora, is also at the centre of my research, and my recent ...

Professor Emma Tyler

Professor Emma Tyler

Professor of Translator Education
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

I specialise in training students to become translators. Until very recently, I was the convenor of the MA in Translation Studies (campus and distance) and led to project to update and relaunch the programme. I am also the Director of Taught Admissions for the College of Arts and Law.

Dr Xiaohui Yuan

Associate Professor in Interpreting and Translation Studies

I am an Associate Professor in Interpreting and Translation studies. My research specialities include interpreter’s identity and identity management, representing interpersonal features in translation and interpreting, and use of interpreting in mediation.

Staff with an interest in Translation Studies

Dr Monica Borg

Lecturer in Italian Studies
Educational Enhancement Fellow (CEEF) College of Arts and Law (CAL)
Associate Lecturer, The Open University

I teach undergraduate language and culture modules in Italian Studies and CELC (Centre for European Languages and Cultures). I am a keen supporter of enquiry-based interactive learning and have been involved, especially in my role as Educational Enhancement Fellow for the College of Arts and Law,  in promoting and increasing the uptake of educational technology to enhance teaching and ...

Dr Sarah Fishwick

Dr Sarah Fishwick

Language Tutor in French Studies
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

My specialisms lie in translation, especially audiovisual translation, and writing by French and Francophone women authors. I am the Convenor of the BA Modern Languages Translation Studies pathway.

Valérie Leick

Valérie Leick

LCAHM Distance Learning Co-ordinator
Senior Language Tutor
Co-ordinator for French, Languages for All

A language teacher for 23 years, I am still learning a lot from every new student. I enjoy sharing my native language and culture but above all I derive a lot of satisfaction from inspiring students to become a good language tutor for themselves and keep learning beyond their university years.

“To have another language is to possess a second soul” - Charlemagne

Dr Elisenda Marcer Cortés

Lecturer in Catalan Studies

A native of Barcelona, I studied Hispanic Philology and completed the doctorate courses in Catalan Philology at the University of Barcelona. I arrived at the University of Birmingham in 2001 where I completed my doctoral thesis entitled ‘Intertextual dynamics in Gabriel Ferrater’s work: the role of English poetry’. I taught all levels of Catalan Language and content modules ...

Dr Anna Milsom

Lecturer in Modern Languages

I teach Spanish language and translation, drawing on my practice as a literary translator and my background in visual arts. I am interested in creativity in translation, co-translation and the ways that art, translation and text-making can interact.

Dr Isobel Palmer

Lecturer in Russian

My work focuses on twentieth-century poetry and literary theory, with an emphasis on Russian modernist poetry and Russian Formalism. My current research draws on theories of the lyric, old/new media, and the urban environment to place questions of literary form in the dynamic contexts of the modernizing city and the 1905 and 1917 revolutions.

Dr Natalia (Natasha) Rulyova

Dr Natalia (Natasha) Rulyova

Senior Lecturer in Russian

My research interests spread across the areas of translation studies, post-Soviet media culture and genre studies. My recent scholarly work has focused on developing a theory of collaborative self-translation drawing on the bilingual work of the Russian-American poet Joseph Brodsky (see my monograph publication Joseph Brodsky and Collaborative Translation).

As part of my ...

Dr Emma Wagstaff

Dr Emma Wagstaff

Senior Lecturer in French Studies

I came to Birmingham in 2006, and am based in the Department of Modern Languages. Among a range of teaching and research interests, I am particularly keen to promote the study of French literature and the visual arts, and the interactions between them.

Dr Jules Whicker

Senior Teaching Fellow in Hispanic Studies

I am an enthusiastic teacher and student of Hispanic Literature and Culture and especially that of the Spanish Golden Age, an era that originated many of the most compelling, sophisticated and influential works in Hispanic literature and art. I also have a long-standing interest in translation, having translated (independently and in collaboration) several golden-age comedias, a quantity of ...

Dr Ruth Whittle

Dr Ruth Whittle

Associate Professor
HeFI Fellow

As a student, you are most likely to know me in my role as the School’s Chair of Year Abroad. I teach in all German Core language courses as well as Translation in Practice and post-1870 German literature classes.

I am interested in students and their learning journeys, particularly in Modern Languages and have published papers and books on The Year Abroad, Students as Partners, and Staff ...

Dr Jenny Wong

Dr Jenny Wong

Lecturer in Modern Languages (Chinese Interpreting)

I am a Lecturer in Chinese Interpreting in the Department of Modern Languages. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, I taught translation at Hang Seng University of Hong Kong , Beijing Normal University-Baptist University of Hong Kong, United International College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, amongst others.

A published translator, I have translated ten books on religion, ...